Friday, July 9, 2010

Hardrock 2010 is over (for me) before it begins.

High altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) is a life-threatening form of non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema (fluid accumulation in the lungs) that occurs in otherwise healthy mountaineers at altitudes above 2,500 meters (8,200 ft).[1] What makes some people susceptible to HAPE is not currently known. The standard and most important treatment is to descend to lower altitude as quickly as possible... so I withdrew from Hardrock and drove home. Now worries. Life is good.


  1. Sorry to hear about it, Joe, but so glad you are safe and healthy!

  2. Hi Joe,
    My husband, Mark developed HAPE while we were in Colorado. It was quite scary. Glad you are ok.